Schilthornbahn (Take 2) and Allmendhubel

September 7, 2014 – Today was another beautiful, sunny morning.  After enjoying the same breakfast spread as yesterday, we took a moment to watch the live feed from the top of the Schilthorn.  It was much, much clearer than yesterday, so we grabbed our water and winter gear and headed back towards the lift.

We were out bright and early.
We were out bright and early.

This time the views were much clearer, although clouds from the valley were starting to roll in.  The views of the opposite mountains were crisp and clear and pretty much not describable in words.  We’ve seen the American Rockies in Colorado and Montana, and the French, Swiss, and Austrian Alps.  The Alps are bigger, more imposing, and much closer to where people live than the American mountain ranges.  Montana is probably the closest, with the more rugged, wild feel and the large exposed rock faces.

Luckily, the clouds cleared as we neared the Schilthorn.
Luckily, the clouds cleared as we neared the Schilthorn.

We took time to stop at the station at Birg.  We’d stopped there yesterday, but since the weather was clear today we lingered for a bit longer.  Louisa also chose this time to conquer any latent fear of glass floors at very high elevations.

Europe has a thing for glass floors over sheer cliffs.
Europe has a thing for glass floors over sheer cliffs.

By the time we got back to Murren it was almost lunch, so we stopped at a little restaurant right by the lift.  We just beat the lunch crowd too, and were fortunate to get an outdoor table with a great view.  We each had rosti – Tony with ham, cheese and egg, Louisa with roasted veggies and fresh farm cheese.  We were pleasantly surprised that the meal also came with a nice basket of hearty bread.  We also tried two relatively local beers.  Despite the rise of craft breweries in the States, Europe seems to have a market on our preferred beers – fresh, unique, very drinkable, and just plain good.

If you don't want to go all the way up to the Schilthorn, the Allmendhubel also has some great views.
If you don’t want to go all the way up to the Schilthorn, the Allmendhubel also has some great views.

In the afternoon we took the Allmendhubelbahn to the top of the Allmendhubel.  Our plan was to walk down one of the trails leading back to Murren.  Along the way we happened to find a zipline; Louisa had lots of fun on that.  We also discovered a little waterfall literally 200 feet from town.  The timing was perfect for late afternoon photos.

This waterfall has some railings nearby to allow for slow shutter speed photos.
This waterfall has some railings nearby to allow for slow shutter speed photos.

We headed back to the inn for dinner.  This time Tony got the caramelle, and Louisa got a pizza, along with a Schneider-weisse beer and a perfectly blended colaweizen.

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